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Title: A Project on Trees: Suggestions for Teachers
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/blogs/perspectives/trees-teachers/
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Un proyecto de árboles. Sugerencias para maestros
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/es/blogs/perspectives/trees-teachers-sp/
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Outdoor Activities
Project Approach
Science
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
PROJECT APPROACH
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
7. Explore measurement of objects and quantities.
10. Begin to make predictions and collect data information.
11. Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
12. Explore concepts and information about the physical, earth, and life sciences.
15. Explore economic systems and human interdependence.
17. Explore geography, the child’s environment, and where people live, work, and play.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.D. Speak using conventions of Standard English.
1.E. Use increasingly complex phrases, sentences, and vocabulary.
5.B. Use writing to represent ideas and information.
5.C. Use writing to research and share knowledge.
7.B. Begin to make estimates of measurements.
10.A. Generate questions and processes for answering them.
10.B. Organize and describe data and information.
11.A. Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.A. Understand that living things grow and change.
15.A. Explore roles in the economic system and workforce.
17.A. Explore environments and where people live.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
1.B.ECc. Continue a conversation through two or more exchanges.
1.D.ECc. Understand and use question words in speaking.
1.E.ECc. With teacher assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.
1.E.ECd. With teacher assistance, explore word relationships to understand the concepts represented by common categories of words (e.g., food, clothing, vehicles).
5.B.ECa. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to express an opinion about a book or topic.
5.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
5.B.ECc. With teacher assistance, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to narrate a single event and provide a reaction to what happened.
5.C.ECa. Participate in group projects or units of study designed to learn about a topic of interest.
5.C.ECb. With teacher assistance, recall factual information and share that information through drawing, dictation, or writing.
7.B.ECa. Practice estimating in everyday play and everyday measurement problems.
10.A.ECb. Gather data about themselves and their surroundings to answer meaningful questions.
10.B.ECa. Organize, represent, and analyze information using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs, with teacher support.
11.A.ECc. Plan and carry out simple investigations.
11.A.ECd. Collect, describe, compare, and record information from observations and investigations.
11.A.ECf. Make meaning from experience and information by describing, talking, and thinking about what happened during an investigation.
12.A.ECa. Observe, investigate, describe, and categorize living things.
12.A.ECb. Show an awareness of changes that occur in oneself and the environment.
15.A.ECa. Describe some common jobs and what is needed to perform those jobs.
17.A.ECa. Locate objects and places in familiar environments.